My latest column for The Record talks about two things that seem to go hand in hand -- birds and poetry. I write about a reader from Teaneck, Amy Losak, who shared with me several Haiku written by her late mother, Sydell Rosenberg (including the poem above), and I ask other readers to share their short bird-related poetry in the column. (I thank Ron Shields for the photo above.)
Here's a sample of the column:
"Ever since I became a birder, I have become more and more aware of how many great poets have been inspired by birds.
"Every poet needs a muse, after all. And poetry, like hope, can be a thing with feathers.
" ...I got to thinking: Wouldn’t it be neat to ... ask readers who have written bird poems to send them in as well?
"Having read -- and written -- some doggerel over the years, I promise to err on the side of caution in what if any of the submissions are offered in this column. But I do invite readers to share their short poems with me: Nothing ventured, nothing rhymed, or something like that. "
The column is here.